What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practiced for more than 5000 years in China and other Eastern countries. Chinese Medicine emphasizes the relationship between humans and their environment, the food they eat, and the lifestyle they lead. The body, mind, spirit, and the world we inhabit are viewed as being inseparable and interconnected.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, disposable, ultra-fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body to maintain balance thru 14 Major Energy channels or Meridians. Chi (pronounced Chee) also known as Life Force, runs thru these meridians to promote balance within the body. When Chi can flow freely, health abounds. If this energy becomes deficient or blocked, then the effects will result in loss of energy and the deterioration of well being.
Acupuncture encourages your body’s natural ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
Why Use Acupuncture
Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization to successfully treat:
- Anxiety, Depression
- Insomnia, Stress
- Headaches, Migraines
- Pain syndromes, Joint pain
- Neck and Lower back pain
- Tennis and Golf Elbow
- Weight loss
- Disc Herniation and Bulges
- Menstrual Irregularities, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea
- Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, constipation, diarrhea, IBS
Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture can regulate metabolic pathways and naturally mediate many physiological activities. Acupuncture increases circulation, relieves muscle spasms, and stimulates the body’s immune system.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are exceptionally thin and insertion of the needles does not induce pain. If the needle is placed properly, the patient should feel a mild heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation. It’s a sensation not a pain.
Are there side effects?
Acupuncture is very safe. Sterile, single-use needles are used. Sometimes symptoms may worsen for a few days, and this is a sign the acupuncture is making changes in the body and is working. Infrequently a bruise may develop. Discuss any concerns with your acupuncturist.
What is a typical session?
Acupuncture treatment usually lasts one hour. A discussion about your condition and overall health is conducted to gain insight about your body’s energy flow and the proper treatment strategy to correct it. Next, you will lie comfortably on a table and several needles will be gently inserted into the skin. Once all the needles are in place patients often experience a deep relaxation that is very pleasurable both during and after treatments.
What Credential are needed?
A licensed acupuncturist has completed a three-year Masters program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This program includes both theory and hands-on clinical practice. In addition, a NYS licensed acupuncturist must pass a National exam and be State licensed by the Board of Education.